throw (someone) for a loop

idiom

Definition of throw (someone) for a loop

US, informal
: to cause (someone) to be very amazed, confused, or shocked The news of her death really threw me for a loop. His parents were thrown for a loop when he quit college.

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“Throw (someone) for a loop.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/throw%20%28someone%29%20for%20a%20loop. Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

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